Novak Djokovic outclassed Kevin Anderson to lift his fourth Wimbledon crown and 13th Grand Slam title on Sunday.
Kevin Anderson failed to find a way around Djokovic’s impenetrable wall as the 31-year-old did well to repel the South African’s fusillade. And for the first time in the tournament, Anderson’s most potent weapon – his serve – was completely neutralized.
Djokovic won the first two sets easily and was only really troubled in the third which went to a tie-break, but the super Serb got the better of his opponent in the tie-break as he claimed a 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(3) victory to cap off an incredible fortnight in London.
“I would just like to congratulate Kevin,” Djokovic said during the award ceremony. “He has had quite a few hours in quarter-finals and semi-finals. In his first Wimbledon final he didn’t play well in the first two sets, but he was a better player in the third set and I was happy to come through.
“I owe a great thanks to my team. The last couple of years haven’t been easy. I had surgery and was absent from the tour for six months. This was my first grand slam final after a couple of years. There was no better place to make my comeback.”
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The last six men’s singles Grand Slam titles were won by Federer and Roger Nadal but now Djokovic is back after two years since completing his career Grand Slam at the 2016 French Open.
For Anderson, this is now a second Grand Slam final lost – he lost the 2017 US Open final to Nadal. The South African will however, break into the top 5 for this first time in his career when the updated rankings are released on Monday.